On August 13, Libros Schmibros was proud to support indigenous literature in Los Angeles by hosting a trilingual reading of the short story “Midnight Bird” by its Mexican author, Pergentino José Ruíz, and its English translator and Libros Schmibros employee, Chris Ortega. Continue reading
Staff Wall: Chris
Hometown: East Los Angeles
Chris has been a volunteer since 2015 and is also a member of our 2016 summer staff.
How are you?
Good and busy!
How many languages do you speak?
English, Spanish, and Spanglish (Spanglish is totally a valid language, what with all its different dialects and ever-evolving vocabulary…)
How did you first discover Libros?
I was looking for Los Angeles bookstores online and found this quixotic independent library that offered free books to the community. I came in and was so impressed that I wanted in, and now here I am.
What is one hidden gem in Libros Schmibros?
We have a stellar art book section right in the front of the library, and hidden inside it is one of my favorite sub-subsections: the comic book/graphic novel section. My pet project is to grow that collection into something even more beautiful, so if you have comics/graphic novels you want to donate please do so!
How would you describe Mariachi Plaza?
I like how there’s always strains of music in the air.
What book did you choose to keep when you first got your membership to Libros?
I was very happy to grab a copy of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest on my first visit. I’m working my way through it a little at a time, but that book is a beast. Continue reading